Vw debuts the e-up!, its first fully electric production vehicle

Article by Christian A., on March 14, 2013

Volkswagen introduced today the new e-up, company’s first fully electric production vehicle. The new car was created as one for daily use in the city but according to the manufacturer it is also ideal for commuters or as an innovative second car. The e-up can be recharged to as much as 80 percent of its energy storage capacity within 30 minutes and offers a maximum range of up to 150 km.

The Vw e-up! is powered by an electric motor with 60 kW / 82 PS peak power. The car offers a continuous power is 40 kW / 55 PS and a maximum torque of 210 Newton meters available immediately. The e-up! is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 14 seconds and has a top speed of 135 km/h or almost 84 mph.

Moreover, the car is fitted with a lithium-ion battery integrated in the underfloor area. The battery has a a total energy storage capacity of 18.7 Kilowatt-hours (kWh). The port for charging the battery in the e-up! is hidden behind the “fuel door”. As an option, the Combined Charging System (CCS) is used, which has been standardised by Volkswagen and other carmakers. It supports both DC and AC charging.

Regarding the design, the e-up! comes with one distinctive exterior feature: the curved layout of the LED daytime running lights in the front bumper. Furthermore, we find aerodynamically optimized front end, sills and underbody.

The design is completed by the 15-inch alloy wheels. Inside, the e-up features light-grey seat covers with blue top-stitched seams. Special leather and chrome accents have been used to convey a puristic impression that matches the vehicle concept of a full-fledged urban electric car. The new Volkswagen e-up will be introduced in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Emission-free, well-designed and aesthetically-pleasing are the characteristics of the Volkswagen E-Up! electric city car. Designed by the Volkswagen Team headed by Group Chief Designer Walter de Silva, together with design associates Klaus Bischoff- Chief Designer of the Volkswagen brand and Flavio Manzoni- Creative Design Head of the Volkswagen Group, the Volkswagen E-Up! is part of the Volkswagen Group’s New Small Family (NSF) model line-up. The E-Up!’s conceptual design is intended to be a glimpse of what tomorrow’s compact family car will look like. Moreover, it is interesting to note that the VW E-Up! Concept possesses similar attributes as those of previously unveiled VW concept cars namely, the Up! (city specialist class), the Space-Up! (microvan class) and the Space-Up Blue! (fuel-cell powered van class). These concept cars suggest the general design direction that the car industry will be heading to in the near future.

Klaus Bischoff stated that the VW E-Up! features a diminished, simple and clear yet emotion-filled design. This was precisely the design team’s intention for the E-Up!, with its precise lines and basic contours faithfully conforming to the Volkswagen’s new age “design DNA” jointly developed by de Silva, Bischoff and Manzoni.

Putting emphasis on a simplistic design approach, the design trio artistically combined basic aesthetics with futuristic technologies to produce the design concept for the Volkswagen E-Up! The end product is an efficient and durable concept car radiating simple beauty, purity and harmony. Bischoff further explained that the E-Up!’s design concept is purposely related to the design of the other members of Volkswagen’s New Small Family series, namely the Roadster BlueSport and the new Polo. The E-Up! is 3.19 meters in length, 1.64 meters in width, 1.47 meters in height and comes with a wheelbase of 2.19 meters.

Although an offshoot of the conventionally-powered Volkswagen Up!, the E-Up! electric compact city car is by no means an exact replica of its conventionally-powered counterpart in terms of exterior design. The E-Up!’s front end has its own subtle character, fitting well into the brand’s new “design DNA”, while its engine bonnet resembles that of the classic Beetle but without any trace of unwanted retro-styling. Definitely, the Volkswagen E-Up! Concept, with its impeccably simple, appealing and well-balanced design, has the potential of becoming another classic someday like the Beetle.

Press Release

VW e-Up!

In a dual world premiere, Volkswagen will be presenting two new and extremely efficient electric cars at the 2013 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt: the e-up! and e-Golf. This means that Europe's most successful carmaker is transitioning two high-volume production models to the age of electric mobility. Both zero-emissions cars offer unlimited everyday practicality, each has four doors, and they are attractively equipped. Standard features: automatic climate control with parking heater and ventilation, radio-navigation system, windscreen heating, LED daytime running lights and, in the e-Golf, the Volkswagen brand's first use of LED headlights. The two newcomers are also leaders in energy efficiency: the e-up! consumes just 11.7 kWh of electricity per 100 km - this makes it the new world champion in efficiency. The e-Golf, positioned two classes higher, attains an excellent value of 12.7 kWh. Given an electricity price of €0.258 per kWh (Germany, as of 31st July 2013), driving 100 km with the e-up! costs just €3.02, and with the e-Golf it is around €3.30.

Made in Germany

Innovative drive technologies are core competencies at Volkswagen. Therefore, the e-motors, gearboxes and lithium-ion batteries of the e-up! and e-Golf are developed in-house, and they are manufactured in large Volkswagen component plants in Germany.

Typical Volkswagen

All Volkswagen are intuitive to operate, extremely practical in everyday use and sophisticated, and these traits have been fully transferred to the brand's new e-vehicles. The zero-emission cars from Volkswagen are manufactured with the same high-volume production systems as their counterparts with combustion engines.


Also making its debut in a world premiere at the IAA is the four-seat e-up!. Its electric motor produces 60 kW / 82 PS. This motor transmits 210 Nm of torque to the driven front axle from a standstill. It completes the sprint to 100 km/h in 12.4 seconds. Top speed: 130 km/h.


The e-Golf, which is being presented in a world premiere in Frankfurt, is driven by a 85 kW / 115 PS electric motor. The motor produces its maximum drive torque of 270 Nm as soon as it starts off. The results: the front-wheel drive e-Golf reaches 100 km/h in 10.4 seconds. On a motorway, the speed of the five-seat front-wheel drive car is electronically limited to 140 km/h.

Driving ranges tailored for commuters

The e-up! can drive 160 km on one battery charge (18.7 kWh), while the e-Golf with its larger battery (24.2 kWh) has a range of 190 km. In both models, two very efficient driving modes ("Eco", "Eco+") and four just as easy to activate regenerative braking modes ("D1", "D2", "D3" and "B") help to extend maximum ranges. And they are driving ranges that make sense. In Germany, for example, studies by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Urban Development found that around 80 per cent of all car drivers in Germany drive fewer than 50 km daily.

Quick charging

The fastest CCS charging stations (direct current) shorten the time needed to charge the battery of an e-up! or an e-Golf to 80 per cent capacity to just around half an hour.

Powertrain and fuel strategy

Over the past decade, Volkswagen has already systematically sketched out a schedule for the future in its powertrain and fuel strategy, which included starting points for electric vehicles like the e-up! and e-Golf. This strategy sets up a timeline with realistic time windows for the introduction of alternative drive systems such as the hybrid, electric and hydrogen-based systems. In this scenario, the all-electric drive system - which will be demonstrated by the new e-up! and e-Golf - represents an indispensable and sensible supplemental drive system. That is because electric cars utilise renewable energy sources and enable zero-emissions mobility in metropolitan areas. Nonetheless, well into the future Volkswagen will continue to promote an intelligent mix of the most efficient drive systems.

Driving at the pace of the big city

The fact is that the target group for electric cars is growing, because a paradigm shift has begun. Sustainable mobility is having an increasing impact on people's actions. Yet the products for implementing this environmental awareness must be practical and fun as well - such as the e-up! and e-Golf which accelerate to big city pace in just a few seconds. The new zero-emission Volkswagen cars therefore have the potential for irreversibly charging up the electric car segment with innovative technology, a high level of everyday practicality and a dynamic driving feeling.

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